“I don’t use any kind of abuse,” actor Matt Damon said in a statement on Monday.
statement followed a Interview Published this week by The Sunday Times in which Mr Damon recounts a conversation he had with his daughter, during which he “made a joke” that inspired him to write an essay on historical loss, which he calls “A for F”. -slur” says. Gay.'”
According to the British newspaper The Sunday Times, Mr Damon said, “She went to her room and wrote a very long, beautiful treatise on the danger of that word.” “I said, ‘I’m retired the f-slur!’ I understood.”
in the statement, which was obtained by Diversity, Mr Damon said he had never said the word to “anyone” in his “private life” and understood that his framing in the interview “triggered many to assume the worst.”
He said that in conversations with his daughter, he recalled that as a child growing up in Boston he had heard the slang used on the street “before I knew what it meant.”
“I explained that the word was used consistently and casually and that there was a line of dialogue in one of my films as recently as 2003; in turn he expressed disbelief that there might ever be a time when that word was used. The experiment may have been done without hesitation,” Mr Damon said in the statement. “To my admiration and pride, she was extremely candid about the extent to which the term would be painful for someone in the LGBTQ+ community, even if it were culturally normal. I not only agreed with her but Was fascinated by his passion, values and desire for social justice.”
“This conversation with my daughter was not a personal awakening,” he continued. “I don’t use any kind of abuse.”
In a Sunday Times interview, Mr Damon suggested the term had come about as a joke.
Mr Damon said in the interview, “The term my daughter calls ‘f-slur’ for gay was commonly used when I was a kid, with a different application.” “I made a joke months ago, and got a text from my daughter. She left the table. I said, ‘Come on, this is a joke! I say it in the movie “Stuck on You”!'”
He did not reveal in the interview which daughter he had a conversation with.
Many on social media were not impressed by Mr Damon’s story, saying they should have known about better years – not months ago. Some even wondered why Mr Damon shared the story in the first place.
Charlotte Clymer, former press secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, said on twitter That although she understands the spirit of the story, “It’s kind of like 10+ years ago. And he knows better.”
This isn’t the first time Mr Damon has sparked controversy over comments about LGBTQ people.
In 2015, he told Guardian In acting, it was important that “people should know nothing about your sexuality because it’s one of those secrets you should be able to play,” he said, for gay actors to be public. It must be really hard” about his sexuality. Feather The Ellen Show, Mr Damon defended the comment, saying that “actors are more effective when they are a mystery.”
In his statement on Monday, the actor acknowledged that “open animosity” against LGBTQ people was not uncommon.
“As clear as I can be, I stand with the LGBTQ+ community,” he said.